About Me

40 Stitches
Claudia Ziersch

I can remember making my first embroidery at the age of 5.  It was on burlap and very big and not that pretty.  But I was happy to make it.  When I was 10 my mom taught me to use the sewing machine by having me sew along lines she had drawn on paper.

Then I started sewing clothes for my stuffed animals and Halloween costumes for myself.  Needless to say, I really enjoyed Home Economics at school, when we had sewing.

Later while I was at university I worked in a fabric store and in the costume department.  And so it continued bit by bit.

Now I enjoy making machine embroidery, free-motion embroidery and quilting projects.

And, in case you didn’t know, I am American.  But I’ve been living in Germany for a very long time now.  Nevertheless I still have an accent and I still sew in English.

I opened the Hands Gallery in March of 2011.  It is an artists’ coop in Haidhausen, Munich. This is where you can usually find me – sewing, quilting, embroidering and organizing the store.

Since then I’ve been busy with the store and learning as much as I can about sewing, marketing, and more!  Here you can see some of the courses I’ve tried out: